Banking & Finance

U.S. sues Bank of America for $1B-plus in mortgage fraud

October 24, 2012
Associated Press
The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan sued Bank of America for more than $1 billion on Wednesday for mortgage fraud against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the years around the financial crisis.
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Stocks hammered by weak earnings reports

October 23, 2012
Associated Press
Stocks sank sharply Tuesday morning, driving major indexes to their lowest point since early September, after big-name companies reported weak quarterly earnings and lowered their expectations for the rest of the year.
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Scale Computing lands $12 million in VC funding

October 23, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Scale Computing, a maker of data-storage devices that recently launched a “datacenter in a box,” has landed another $12 million in venture funding.
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State going after underwriter of $5M Estridge offeringRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Greg Andrews
The regulatory action is an outgrowth of a falling-out between Indiana Securities owner Frank Neese and Bank of Indiana, which lost its entire $1 million investment when The Estridge Cos. collapsed.
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Legal fees nearing $9M in Fair Finance bankruptcy

October 17, 2012
Cory Schouten
The trustee in the Fair Finance bankruptcy case and his law firm have run up legal bills approaching $9 million, nearly double the recoveries they've achieved to date for investors victimized by convicted fraudster Tim Durham.
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Lender forecloses on Uptown Business Center

October 15, 2012
Cory Schouten
A lender has filed to foreclose on the Uptown Business Center, a neighborhood retail building at the southwest corner of 49th Street and College Avenue that a local developer had hoped to use as a springboard to revitalize the intersection.
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Banks eager to loan, but small firms hold backRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana banks can tout more success in small-business lending since the recession ended, but the success is hard-won because the masses of entrepreneurs remain cautious about borrowing.
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HIATT: Political campaign puts private equity in the spotlightRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Tom Hiatt / Special to IBJ
In the current political campaign, private equity, the industry in which I have spent much of my career, finds itself in the spotlight. But in my conversations with other intelligent people, I often find they are curious about what private equity funds do.
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Retailers await decision on $7.2B 'swipe-fee' settlementRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Scott Olson
In what could be the largest antitrust settlement in U.S. history, the agreement would resolve dozens of lawsuits filed by retailers against Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and the banks that issue their credit cards.
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Many banks still digging out from Great Recession traumaRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
The following statistics reflect performance of the 10 banks with the largest market shares in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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Banks' market rankings stable despite deposit shiftsRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff
BMO Harris and PNC lost some deposits, but the biggest local banks by market share remained the same.
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Small law firm sees faith in WellPoint class-action suit pay offRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Greg Andrews
A federal judge in June granted preliminary approval to a deal under which WellPoint Inc. would pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit charging it undercompensated policyholders when it converted into a public company in 2001.
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M&I-BMO Harris changeover leaves some customers in lurch

October 10, 2012
Scott Olson
BMO Harris Bank’s expansion in Indianapolis and other markets via its acquisition of M&I Bank is off to a rocky start as many customers still are unable to access their online banking accounts.
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Judge tosses out lawsuit blasting Irwin executivesRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Greg Andrews
A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Irwin Financial Corp.'s bankruptcy trustee, saying the only party with the right to bring suit was the bank’s receiver, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. It didn't do so by last month's deadline.
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T2 Systems might tap cash hoard for acquisitionsRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Fast-growing T2 Systems has been biding its time since scoring a $28 million equity infusion a year ago, but the maker of parking management software could soon be towing competitors out of its space.
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MainSource making most of prime downtown spotRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Part of former Borders bookstore space is marketing opportunity for Greensburg-based bank. The other half could be turned into lobby for Barnes & Thornburg.
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Creditor could take ownership of downtown Comfort Suites

October 5, 2012
Scott Olson
The owner of the hotel, an affiliate of Dora Brothers Hospitality Corp. in Fishers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February. German American Capital Corp., which is owed $12 million, could own the property by the end of the year.
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Wellpoint raises $1.35B in first convertible offering since '99

October 3, 2012
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. sold its first convertible securities in more than 13 years with a $1.35 billion offering of 30-year bonds.
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Bernanke: Economy growing much too slowly to put people back to work

October 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a local lunch crowd that he expects the economy to keep growing, but he said the growth is so slow that it could create a "permanent group" of underemployed Americans.
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Bernanke makes strong defense of Fed rate policies

October 1, 2012
Associated Press
In a speech in Indianapolis, Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a sharp defense Monday of the Federal Reserve's bold policies to stimulate the weak economy, while cautioning Congress to respect its private discussions.
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Receiver appointed to manage troubled Century Building

October 1, 2012
Scott Olson
A Marion Superior Court judge has appointed a receiver to manage the seven-story building in downtown Indianapolis that is facing foreclosure. A lender to the building's owner claims it is owed $10.5 million.
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Sale of signature game Phase 10 sent Fundex into ditchRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Greg Andrews
The nightmare that culminated with the Plainfield-based company’s recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing began in the depths of the financial crisis, when the company’s lender yanked its more-than-$10-million line of credit.
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Settlement allows Broadbent to keep downtown HQ

September 28, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis developer will continue to own its corporate headquarters at 117 E. Washington St. after reaching a settlement with two banks that had filed a lawsuit to foreclose on the building.
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SEC accuses local firm of bilking investors out of $1.7M

September 26, 2012
Scott Olson
The SEC’s complaint accuses three people of committing securities fraud by spending investor funds on luxury automobiles, a motorcycle, a 30-foot boat, college tuition, home renovations, a wedding and a honeymoon in St. Lucia.
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Notices going to those eligible for mortgage settlement

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
More than 37,000 Indiana borrowers who lost homes to foreclosure soon will receive claim forms for payments under the national mortgage settlement.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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